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good morning. tuesday, july 21st. thank you so much for joining us. i'm jamie costello. >> i'm megan pringle of we've got weather and traffic all morning long but first, the news that was developing while you were sleeping. >> with his numbers slipping in recent polls president barack obama says the health care overhaul is needed right now but how will it impact you? and looking for the perfect compliment to the cup of joe. this one is not going to cost you a dime. and nba superstar shaquille o'neal is challenging all top athletes on primetime tv and one hometown hero accepted his challenge. let's take a dip. all that and more over the next two hours. first, let's send it to
justin berk. he has a check on the weather. >> good morning. 72 degrees. we're looking in ocean city because we were watching this tropical feed of moisture along the coastline and they are getting hefty rains just offshore in ocean city. the heavy stuff though still a mile or two off the coast. showers closer to home, pushing up the bay, havre de grace, cecil county, hefty showers now. there's not much else going on close to the beltway but that could change. we're going to see mostly cloudy skies this morning. maybe a stray shower off towards the east. i may want to throw that into the morning mix but overall the chance is cooler than normal. going for a high of only 77. that is our two-degree guarantee, about 11 degrees below normal. 4:59. let's see what's happening on the roads with kim brown. >> thank you. we have a quiet start to the commute. however we have an accident to
tell you about in catonsville, fred road and dutton road. police on scene. around here, no problems, 83 southbound looking good from the pennsylvania state line to the beltway. and west side of the beltway looking good. this is bw parkway at 295 -- at 695 actually, things running smoothly in both directions. back to you. 5:00. number one issue in america now, your health care. >> the president's plan to overhaul the system seems to be spiraling out of control. here's sherrie johnson with more. >> reporter: good morning. president barack obama is pushing for health care reform while on capitol hill they are trying to figure out how to pay for a plan that will actually work. the push for health care may have caused the president's approval rating to slip but not dipped below republicans. he's personally popular but since early in the year the approval on how he's handling key issues has dropped. that is according to the abc
news "washington post" survey. he's down eight points on the economy. deficit, nine points, on health care he slipped eight points but the president hit back hard, praised some republicans for working in good faith, accused others of playing politics. >> this isn't about me. this isn't about politics. this is about a health care system that is breaking america's families. breaking america's businesses and breaking america's economy. >> reporter: the president issued his first health-care related veto threat and warned he will not sign a bill that taxes health care benefits. sherrie johnson, abc2 news. 5:01. president obama will hold a primetime news conference tomorrow night hoping to sell his health care plan to the nation. you can watch it live here on abc2 starting at 8:00 tomorrow night. baltimore city police continue to search for the person who walked up to two teens in east baltimore and opened fire killing one of them. the shooting happened at the corner of north kenwood avenue and east monument street.
16-year-old jared reed died at the scene. the other teen was taken to johns hopkins hospital. people who live in the area say they've seen more than their share of violence. >> at one time they said this was one of the nicer parts of kenwood avenue. over the years since i've been here it's changed a lot. >> city police say they have no suspects in this investigation. we have new information on the death of former raven steve mcnair. toxicology results show his blood alcohol level was twice the state legal limit at the time of his death. nashville police say he was shot and killed by his girlfriend, the 20-year-old then turned the gun on herself the report showed she had traces of marijuana in her system. two people died in explosions in sadr city in baghdad. iraqi officials say two bombs exploded a few seconds apart near a group of day labors. telesay tele -- they say the
bombs were concealed in nearby trash. the capture of a u.s. soldier in afghanistan, the president says it's time to reflect on the family of the young man and all u.s. troops. and that the men and women in the armed forces do an extraordinary job and hopes there will be a positive outcome for private first class bowe bergdahl. david hernandez and andy pettitte found themselves in a pitchers' dual. nick markakis off pettitte. orioles up in this one 1-0. let's go to the eighth. 1-1, second and third for the oriole, one out, markakis grounds to first. teixeira throws home. caesar is out. should have scored on a brian roberts double, brian roberts tries to score, he's out at the
plate. two runners thrown out at home plate. then the bottom of the ninth inning jim johnson is pitching and we'll show that a little later on but hideki matsui hits a home run. that ends it. the final score 2-1. there it is, gone. all over. the walkoff home run. the ravens now. news that the coaching staff will try out four receivers on friday. the only names coming out. d.j. hackett and drew bennet. they've had their own moments. mark clayton, number one receiver because his goff game is horrible so it's good. casey cares golf tournament. he's been in contact with derrick mason and feels there's a chance mason could play this season. did you know shaquille o'neal coming to abc? the nba superstar will star in "shaq versus." it's a series where the all-star center will challenge top athletes in their respective sports. during one episode which debuts
on august 18th shaq is going to swim against our own michael phelps. that will be interesting. i would like to see shaquille o'neal in the pool. >> better be the deep end. drivers saw flames and smoke and then they ran. >> but little did they know this crash was just the beginning of a mission to save several lives. an incredible story with amazing video. we've heard of snakes on a plane but what about scorpions? >> gross. all right. we're going to go outside and sit on that plane. 72 degrees. we'll have a full check of the forecast coming up. here's your mta report with mark jones. >> good morning. the commute start is good on light rail and metro subway. no delays on the buses, look for the numbers 134 and 36 -- 13 and 36 diverted at north and greenmount due to a watermain break. number 50 bus, a diversion at erdman and mannasota. and 22 diverted at 40th and
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show you first off, northeast 67 degrees. one of the cooler spots. that is because of recent rain. not much rain but enough to wet the pavement. to show you what it looks like from northeast -- it's basically sitting to the west of northeast. to the west of northeast? try to figure that out. let me confuse you. around 95, fort deposit, havre de grace, this extends on ground through betterton, for the part part of the northern sections of kent county. the rain is sitting along the delmarva and shorelines, especially ocean city getting clipped with heavy stuff this morning. we could have light showers basically east of baltimore this morning. and west of northeast. tonight though we'll be looking at, at least this afternoon our two-degree guarantee of 77 with scattered showers and thunderstorms. some could contain locally heavy downpours. 5:09. let's see what's happening on the roads with kim. >> good morning. we have one early morning crash
in catonsville. that's frederick road at dutton road but right now as we check around the beltway, everything running smoothly at this time. we're going to look at the tums. the new traffic pattern in effect, 895 southbound, that exit is to the right, 95 southbound remains on the left. 95 southbound as you make your way from harford county through to the whitemarsh area, running smoothly, no problems. this is 695 at the bw parkway. you can see everything is running lightly and not a lot of volume at this hour but things are looking good. back to you. 5:10. megawarehouse costco wants to make it easy for you to trade in old electronics. >> find out what they are doing, plus - >> if you're favorite price is free we have a story for you. i'm brittney gordon, coming up, the key to a free breakfast. ( sighs )
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month versus the same time last year. and gas prices continue to fall according to the energy department. the average cost for a gallon of regular unleaded now $2.46. crash tests are giving some 2009 two-door cars some pretty good grades when it comes to safety. the insurance institute for highway safety gives ford focus and volvo c30 top scores in front end, rear and side crash tests. top scores also went to two-door versions of the chevy cobalt and honda civic. 5:14. if you wonder what to do with old electronics why not make some money off them? costis making it easy. go, costco is making it easy. go on-line. you will get store credit. they are accepting 20 different types of electronics. talking laptops, digital cameras, mp3 players. right now this program is only being offered on-line. so to start recycling the old
electronics and cashing in head to our web site, abc2news.com. we've posted the web site under the section "links mentioned on air." in your health -- the federal government gears up for this year's flu season and also being frugal, becoming part of the new norm. nicole collins explains. >> reporter: the flu season may seem far away but the u.s. food and drug administration is getting a jump on flu fighting. they approved the pharmaceutical vaccine and the companies that produce it. they say you should get the flu this fall even though it won't protect against h1n1, also called the swine flu. the u.s. government plans to have the swine flu vaccine available by mid-october. seasonal flu sack vaccines are usually available in september or october but can be effective even if received as late as january.
is penny pinching about to become the new norm? a new gallup poll found nearly a third of consumers will keep their frugal habits after the recession ends. 32% of u.s. consumers say they plan to keep their new habits in the future while 8% say they plan to spend more in the coming years. another gallup survey shows one in four consumers recently started saving more and say this will be their normal pattern in the future. for consumer watch, i'm nicole collins. to see what is happening on this july 21 -- the jacks initial -- initiative, to encourage baltimoreans to know their hiv status and get tested. at about 3:30, dr. andress alonzo talks about student achievement. and joe flacco signing autographs tonight from 7:00 to 9:00 at legendary inc in glen burnie.
here we are, on the 40th anniversary of the walk on the moon and we're walking to starbuck's because they are giving away free pastries. abc2 news brittney gordon is our runner here this morning. good morning. >> reporter: good morning. this time of the morning everybody needs a little something to get them going. luckily your friends at starbuck's are trying to hook you up. here are the details. all you have to do today, and only today, is go to your favorite starbuck's and you can get a free pastry. whether it's a muffin or scone, a bagel or danish, you get the free pastry with the purchase of any beverage. this is starbuck's way of showing customers how good their food is. they are advertising they don't use artificial flavors, dyes or transfats and no high-fructose syrup. how much that means to the average customer is up to you. but no matter what it means that you can get a free breakfast this morning. how do you get that free breakfast? go to your computer, go to
starbuck's -- starbucks.com. click on free pastry day and fingerprint -- fingerprint out this coupon. i can't think of a better way to start a tuesday morning. brittney gordon, abc2 news. that's the assignment we all want, to talk about something that is going to make people happy. some of you might want rain. we got some. we need it. we've had a very dry month of july so far. 83 degrees yesterday. we had a few showers but we definitely need more and we are going to get more especially around the bay and eastern shore. 72 degrees this morning. 60s inland but basically it's about the muggy stuff. that's where we've got -- looking at what is happening along the shoreline. we've got hefty rains just clipping ocean city. maryland all the way up through atlantic city, new jersey. we got showers in harford and cecil county. another batch from central southern maryland.
also spotty showers this morning. following the wind flow is going to carry this moisture basically from south to north. more showers and storms will develop. the tropical conveyer belt is really running off the coast and heavy flooding rains, long island, new england, for us on the edge of it, but we'll develop showers and storms in this environment. though it's spotty throughout the day our forecast model indicating we will have another round in the evening hours. then more showers and storms developing as we head on in through wednesday. we can't really shake this pattern with the threat of rain just about everyday for the upcoming week. two-degree guarantee only 77. 11 degrees below normal with showers and storms. tonight, back into the upper 60s, areas of fog. tomorrow, partly cloudy, back to 86. more showers and storms especially in the afternoon. let's see what's happening on the roads with kim. >> thank you. traffic is running light and smooth at this hour. still working the crash in catonsville, fred road and dutton avenue. frederick road. no problems to report on the east side between liberty road
and whitemarsh boulevard. no problems there. on the west side, around the beltway, running smoothly at this hour. take a quick peek at the bw parkway. both lanes here, northbound and southbound lanes, some building volume but traffic is running moderately at this time. back to you. >> thank you. 5:19. imagine walking down the street seeing a burning car flipped on its side and people inside screaming for help. >> we need water! come back! there's a baby in there! >> amazing to see. people in one milwaukee neighborhood found themselves in a desperate race to rescue a mother and two children after their car crashed and burst into flames. >> the neighborhood really came out as well, bringing water, hoses and it shows the true spirits of the citizens of the city. >> the courageous men and women got everyone out but one of the children did suffer burns on over 30% of his body. we have a man who fell off a rope into a georgia creek.
he's safe this morning. authorities say he was swinging oen a rope about 12 feet above the water away when he slipped. this is the second time in a week rescuers had to save a man who fell in the same creek. scary than snakes on -- scarier than snakes on a plane, how about scorpions? this happened to a man flying from phoenix to indianapolis over the weekend. he said he saw something drop from above and felt severe pain between his fingers. he opened up the overhead compartment and saw several scorpions near his luggage. the man wasn't seriously hurt. officials killed the scorpions once the flight landed. the plane was also fumigated as a precaution. i would be out of there so fast. >> where's the door? >> forget it. looking way beyond. astronomers say the planet jupiter has apparently been struck by a huge object, possibly a comet. images taken by nasa early yesterday show a scar in the
atmosphere near jupiter's south pole. in 1994 jupiter was bombarded by pieces of a comet. they are talking about space. rock 'n' roll legend prince knows all about diedle and pearls -- diamonds and pearls. even sang about them. >> we have a story we think he would love. a rare find in a clam that could be worth millions. fiber one. i'm looking for some fiber.
jeremy? in today's "tech bytes" yahoo gets a major makeover. yahoo unveiled a new home page this morning. the new look gives users more control over what they see and allows them to check out other sites around the web on that one page. for example, users can customize their home page picking from dozens of aps. the new features will also be available on mobile devices. barnes & noble is joining the ebook fray. the book seller launching a new electronic bookstore. they will sell books that can be read on iphone, blackberry and most pcs. it plans to offer 700,000 titles initially, up to a million in a year with bestsellers priced at $9.99. disney's "g-force" hits theaters this friday. a 3d animated adventure about a secret agent force of talking guinea pigs. it hits stores today. and libby from "game daily" tested it. >> i would say it's a kid version of a more mature title.
you have guys running and gunning, solving puzzles, this kind ofs to the same thing -- does the same thing without the blood and guts. you can play the game in 3d or not. personally, i found 3d made me feel dizzy. i'm not sure if everyone will have that reaction to the game but it's nice to see that it's staying true too the film and offering it as an option. >> reporter: it's available for the major consoles. of course disney is the parent company of abc. it seems 3d is everywhere these days. youtube is now experimenting with it. a youtube engineer using some of his free time to play around with 3d. still in its early stages but there are some samples on the site. for information on all these stories log on to the technology page of abcnews.com. those are your "tech bytes." i'm jeremy hubbard.
5:29. good morning, maryland. i'm jamie costello. >> i'm megan pringle. we'll get you up to date on the top stories. a carroll county mother mourns of loss of -- the loss of her teenaged daughter after she's killed by a drunk driver. a camp group who claims they are discriminated against getting the last laugh. a celebrity sending them to see mickey mouse. here's a question for you -- as you wipe the sleep out of your eyes. how much do you love coffee in the morning? how about something free to go along with that cup? find out who is giving away a free breakfast today. again, thank you for joining us on "good morning maryland." >> welcome in. we'll have that and more coming up. first your weather with justin berk. >> good morning. as we check out maryland's most powerful